Hello again readers, guess what, I'm a Uni student! Can you believe it? Me! At University, I never thought I'd make it so I'm babbling a little on the concept that I actually got in. Can anyone guess what course I'm taking? English with Creative Writing, shocker there huh? Well, are any of my readers at Uni? Maybe we're at the same place!
Ok, rambling over, you're free to look now.
So, for everyone who reviewed you have – like always – my heartfelt thanks. For those waiting I'm glad to give you the next chapter and things will become clearer about Naruto…I hope. I don't ever plan, I let everything flow…
My Everlasting Desire
"I have no idea," Itachi replied frowning slightly...
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Naruto's eyes were burning with anger as his bike sped towards Tsunade's and Jiraiya's cottage. He would get answers from them whether they liked the question or not. How dare that bastard! How dare he?! How could that snake-bastard do something like that? How dare he hurt Naruto's Sasuke?!
"You're a dead man," he hissed his hands practically straggling the handles of his beloved bike.
'Calm down brat,' that voice told him.
'Try no! He hurt Sasuke and he is going to pay!' Naruto yelled back to the force in his mind.
'By turning you into a killer?' that deep voice questioned.
'Like you're one to talk Kyuubi,' Naruto snapped back and surprisingly had perfect control over his bike though he was distracted.
'Tsunade and Jiraiya will not give you Orochimaru's location,' Kyuubi told the stubborn teenager.
'I'm not giving them a choice,' Naruto informed. 'Now unless you, my so called guardian, have nothing useful to say I suggest leaving me alone.'
Naruto's head cleared for a while but he knew Kyuubi's presence was far from gone; his guardian was ever so annoying. He thought of his legend and growled slightly. His big-shot father had killed the monster terrorising Leaf and that creature had been a descendant of the Nine Tails. When his father had killed Kyuubi's descendant he pleaded to whatever god listening – which didn't happen to be a god, far from it – that it would protect his son.
Jiraiya had explained everything to him once when they were training; they had actually been hunting down Tsunade when the conversation cropped up. It was stupid and if Naruto wasn't the living proof he would have said that all Jiraiya's nosebleeds had damaged his brain.
- Flashback -
Naruto was laid back on his sleeping bag with his jacket rolled up into a pillow. He was rather young; he had just suffered through his ninth birthday and as a treat Jiraiya took him away from the village in hopes of finding an old friend, Tsunade. Apparently the head Elder of the village had nominated her for an Elder position before he was killed by one of his former students.
The blonde was idly stroking the marking on his stomach like he did many times and was so engrossed with the conversation going on in his head that he started to talk aloud. Usually these things happened when he was alone – which he had been when it started – but the Hermit was heading back with fish since Naruto had refused to get it again while the pervert wrote his pervy books. The golden youth never even heard his mentor and unofficial Uncle approaching.
"I don't get why you're always urging me to train," Naruto was saying.
Jiraiya blinked and hid himself in a canopy of bushes and trees wondering who his young charge was talking to. He slipped around a tree and ducked into the shadows looking to their makeshift campsite only to see Naruto with a distant look on his face and no one there.
"So what if I'm supposed to be powerful?" Naruto asked the air it seemed. "I want to be normal!"
Jiraiya waited and watched in amazement as Naruto frowned.
"Well I don't care!" Naruto snapped his sapphire eyes narrow. "It's my life and I can do what I want! I'm not even supposed to hear you!"
"Hear who, Naruto?" Jiraiya asked stepping out cradling the fish in his right arm.
Naruto bolted up looking wild for a moment. "N-No one," he stammered. "I'll set up the fire!"
Jiraiya watched curiously as Naruto went about pilling the dry wood the boy had collected and made a circle of rocks around it so the flames wouldn't spread. The white haired man watched still as Naruto slashed to rocks together making embers flicker but not enough to light the wood. Still he watched until Naruto growled and got that look on his face again before he slashed the stones for the final time. This time though deep orange flames sprouted from Naruto's hands, not the rock, and the wood went up smoothly – so much so that Naruto jumped back.
"Naruto," Jiraiya said in his best scolding voice. "We need to talk."
And they did talk.
Jiraiya dragged every detail about 'the Voice' from Naruto's lips and made him tell him every feeling he got when talking with or thinking about 'the Voice'. Jiraiya found out that the Kyuubi was the one who managed to keep the boy sane and alive when the older man wasn't there to protect him – or Iruka. That, somehow, Kyuubi was accelerating his healing rate but couldn't heal everything all together. He learnt that Kyuubi told him things about the world, some things not pleasant and definitely not what children should hear while others were kind and gentle, soothing the emotionally terrified blonde. Naruto told Jiraiya that Kyuubi, who didn't treat him like anything special, was very important to him.
"I don't care if I'm insane," Naruto nearly whispered plucking at the grass. "I like Kyuubi talking to me; he says that when I get older he'll only come when I call for him but for now he's always around."
Jiraiya sighed and nodded, he never thought Yondaime had been right. The creature he went after wasn't just some freak of nature making it huge; it was a demon that had escaped. All the things Yondaime said now made perfect sense, the only person who really listened had been the Old Man who had trained Jiraiya himself along with Tsunade and the traitor Orochimaru.
"Listen kid, I've got some things to tell you," he said slowly. "It's not easy and confusing as hell, I didn't even believe it up until now."
"What is it?" Naruto asked cocking his head to the side slightly.
"Before your born your father had this...uh, theory," Jiraiya began and noticed how Naruto's faced closed off at the mention of his father. "I was a theory on destiny and rebirth," he explained leaning on his bent knees. "You see, he believed that we've all been here before, that we're repeating a life in a loop, to fix something that went wrong the first time round," he said and Naruto's face was now of open ridicule. "I didn't believe it either, trust me, but he said he knew he would die that night, either by the creature or by something else because it was meant to happen."
"So he gave up," Naruto accused viciously.
"No, no, he decided to go down fighting, like he said his past life also did," Jiraiya said trying to remember everything. "Years ago it was more than Leaf that thought of jutsu and chakra, it was practised over the world."
"I don't need a history lesson Ero-Sennin," Naruto huffed crossing his arms.
"Yeah, yeah," Jiraiya sighed knowing the blonde was stubborn when talking about his father. "But when Yondaime, you father, was born it was on the same day and month of a Yondaime born exactly one hundred years before," he said and Naruto blinked. "He went further into it, researching, and found that there was a Tsunade and Jiraiya born the same day as us, exactly one hundred years between us."
"So..." Naruto trailed pretending he wasn't interested.
"Well, when your mother became pregnant your father looked at the dates again and you were to be born on August 10th," he said brushing his thick white hair again. "Another Naruto was born exactly one hundred years before you, on the same day."
Naruto blinked and then frowned. "So he thought we were all reborn for some specific purpose? All of us?"
Jiraiya nodded. "He started working more on that, he found that the snake-bastard was also born one hundred years before and became a traitor to his two friends," he explained. "The first Tsunade was a medi-nin, like our Tsunade is now, I am a fighter and traveller and a published author," he said and Naruto rolled his eyes. "So was the first Jiraiya and apparently he was a known pervert."
"Coincidence," Naruto bit out.
"I thought so to," Jiraiya nodded. "But he went on about it, I read his work a few years ago," he informed the blonde. "He found the same things about us, you, Kakashi, Iruka, the entire Hyuuga and Uchiha clans and a few others," he said and Naruto frowned thoughtfully.
"A big coincidence," Naruto shrugged.
"A coincidence enough that Naruto from one hundred years ago had the Nine Tailed Demon Fox sealed inside him by the Hokage, and his father, Yondaime?" Jiraiya questioned and Naruto's jaw dropped. "They were ninjas, a lot like you are now and were all intertwined with each other," he explained. "Your father never figured out what went wrong but we were all reborn and the Kyuubi is your guardian, you practically are the Kyuubi."
"So I am a monster?" Naruto sighed looking down.
"No! Kyuubi isn't a monster kid," Jiraiya said and Naruto cocked an eyebrow. "I can't even begin to explain, just trust me, there's something that didn't happen that should have or something that did happen that shouldn't."
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Naruto sighed, if the Kyuubi was his guardian how come he couldn't save Naruto the humiliation of getting raped when he was younger? After that he'd learnt how to channel the Kyuubi's power, the power inside his very soul, so he wouldn't have to rely on the Fox.
'Orochimaru is in the old Sound,' Kyuubi said.
Naruto swerved out of shock and ignored the horn sounding from the car he nearly crashed into, and the curses the driver yelled fell on deaf ears. 'What?' he asked.
'Orochimaru is in the village once called Sound, I only know that much,' Kyuubi informed.
'Why didn't you tell me before?!' Naruto demanded as he cut across a few cars to the exit of the road, he basically knew the way to old Sound and it was a good five days travel – if you had to stick to the roads.
'I don't want you to become a killer,' Kyuubi said and if Naruto wasn't mistaken there was a hint of a plea in there too.
'I'll do anything for Sasuke,' Naruto vowed.
Kyuubi sighed and it rang through Naruto's head like bells. 'I know Kit, I know,' he said. 'And Kit?'
'Yes?' Naruto asked confused by the tone.
'I'm...sorry, about not being able to be there for you then,' was all that was said before Kyuubi's presence retreated.
Naruto let on a small, pained smile and mentally thanked his demon guardian. In truth, back then, Naruto had been so scared he'd completely forgotten about Kyuubi and when Naruto had turned twelve the demon would only appear when Naruto called for him.
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Kiba jumped from his bed – which just so happened to have Hinata in it – when a loud and rapid pounding came to his door. He looked to Hinata – who was in a nightgown for the record – and then back to the door when the banging kept going. Soon a familiar voice was added.
"KIBA! GET UP!" Sasuke yelled frantically. "I CAN'T FIND NARUTO!"
Kiba would have thought Sasuke was overreacting if he hadn't tried to tell both Uchiha's what happened to Naruto so instead he rolled his eyes. He got up – only in boxers and a vest t-shirt – before stalking over to the door and pulling it open. It seemed that he was the last person to be woken because his heart stopped when Neji's white eyes did a double-take of his room staring at his flushed cousin before looking murderously to Kiba. Neji might now know of Kiba's and Hinata's relationship but that didn't mean he had to see his own cousin in Kiba's bed – looking very cute Kiba had to think.
"Have you seen Naruto?" Sasuke cut in.
Since Sasuke had saved him Kiba decided he'd answer honestly. "Not since he rushed out of here earlier," he said and Sasuke's scared eyes widened.
"Where did he go?" Sasuke demanded and felt his brother put a comforting hand on his shoulder.
"I'm sure he's fine Sasuke," Itachi assured since he had stuck around for the day.
"Where did he go?" Gaara asked curious as to why Naruto – who was nearly as lazy as Shikamaru – would rush anywhere.
Hinata stepped up. "H-He said to 'take down an old snake'," she recited and saw both Uchiha's pale.
Kiba nodded. "He told me to tell you that he knew him too," he said. "But I haven't seen you all day," he shrugged. "He was acting really weird, he called himself a demon," he informed.
"He what?" Shino asked frowning. "Why would he do that?"
"The Kyuubi," Sasuke whispered making his brother look at him sharply. "How could I have been so stupid?!" he cursed himself.
"What are you talking about?" Neji asked.
"Kyuubi? The Nine Tails?" Gaara asked his almost invisible eyebrows shooting up.
"Nine tails?" Kiba asked completely confused.
"I think I've heard of it too," Shikamaru – the lazy genius – commented.
"Why would you mention the Kyuubi?" Itachi asked his brother.
"Because of his legend," Sasuke said fisting his hair. "I knew it sounded familiar, how could it have taken me so long to figure it out?"
"Will you please tell me what the HELL you are talking about?!" Kiba stressed his arms waving madly.
"Orochimaru," Sasuke said and the guys gasped all knowing of the Uchiha Massacre even if they'd never spoken of it. "That night, what was it he said about Kyuubi?" he asked mostly himself.
"'If I don't get the Kyuubi in this life then it'll kill me and give me another, like it did before'," Itachi said knowing most of that conversation from heart – or nightmare.
"So...a mythological demon is going to kill Orochimaru and give him another life?" Neji asked frowning. "What the hell are you talking about?"
"Oh my god! Naruto's going to kill him!" Sasuke nearly screamed.
"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!" Kiba really did scream.
Sasuke looked around and saw that his friends looked worried, confused and rather scared, hell, his last comment had scared – though touched – even him. "How much of Naruto's background do you guys know?" he asked and it turned out that only Kiba knew how Naruto got those scars on his cheeks and not why. "Alright, I'll tell you basically but it's not my story to tell."
So he did. He told them about the day Naruto was born and the overgrown fox that attack Leaf which Naruto's dad died killing. He also told them about how everyone said the spirit of the Nine Tailed Demon Fox – Kyuubi – had taken the killer's baby as punishment and took over the body. Sasuke then went on to tell them – in a monotone voice – what Orochimaru had said about the Kyuubi that night his grandmother was murdered.
Neji was perhaps the most shocked. "I can't believe it," he breathed.
"Neji, please, Naruto isn't evil," Sasuke promised hoping Neji wouldn't start hating his lover.
Neji blinked. "No, not that," he said. "Something mine and Hinata's fathers used to tell us," he said and suddenly Hinata was nodding along.
"Once, long ago, an angel was born to the humans," Hinata began remembering the story fondly. "His golden hair shamed the Sun, his eyes brighter than sapphires and his wings hidden from sight," she continued. "This angel became a vessel for one so evil in hopes of protecting everyone and succeeded at a price, the angel was thrown to the winds for all those around him feared or looked on in disgust," she said leaning against Kiba's arm. "He continued on the Earth, alone, for twelve years until a dark prince came before him, his days were never lonely after that," she smiled, she'd always tried to draw the prince and his angel.
"Yes, his days were filled with trails but not a day went by without the dark prince storming the angel's mind," she continued. "Bit by bit, piece by piece, the golden angel began to fall in love but bit by bit and piece by piece the angel's life got harder and harder," she said and Kiba wrapped his arms around her. "Another came and took his secret love, promising him power for vengeance on an unknown innocent," she sighed. "Filled by hatred and the thrust of power the dark one accepted and left the angel for strength."
Hinata looked sad remembering the next bit. "The angel never gave up and many times did he have to face the one he loved in battle, the one he loved roughly tearing away his heart each time," she said. "The little angel grew to an age where he could take it no more and he left to the place where music no longer rang to claim his soul mate back," she again paused noticing that all the guys – including Itachi-san – was listening to her.
"When the angel came though he fell to the body of his dead love, it should never have happened, his blood should never have been spilt in such a way," Hinata went on. "That day the angel vowed that the world would be doomed to repeat itself until he and his dark prince could live on together," she said. "Until their love could bloom and spread," she smiled. "However, out of blind love the little angel took the life of his love's killer before joining his love in death to await the time they would rejoin on Earth."
"So that's the full story," Itachi breathed.
"The full story?" Kiba asked looking to the eldest Uchiha heir.
Itachi nodded and a small blush came to his cheeks. "A friend, Kisame, found that story but he only found the first section," he explained.
"Wait a minute, are you trying to say we're wrapped up in all this?" Kiba asked frowning. "You know that story can't be true right?"
"Why not?" Itachi asked. "The story makes perfect sense," he said and his brother looked to him curiously. "Honestly Sasuke, think, does that story not sound familiar."
"It does up until the leaving for power bit," Gaara nodded bringing the attention to him. "Naruto is the angel, Kyuubi the demon inside him, the 'one so evil' and Sasuke is the dark prince," he said making the raven blush slightly. "But after that I don't get it."
Itachi thought a little more before pulling out his mobile phone and calling his friend.
"This better be important," was the rough reply when the phone was answered. "I was asleep Itachi."
"Yes well, it is important," Itachi replied. "I need you to do some research on the Nine Tails and the body it got sealed inside," he said.
"Itachi...it's past three in the morning," Kisame grumbled though there were noises of someone sitting up.
"Yes, and?" Itachi asked smirking. "You have my blessing if you want to wake up Deidara and Sasori but they'll likely kill you," he said.
"And why aren't you doing this yourself?" Kisame asked.
"Because I'm preoccupied," Itachi answered. "Call me if you find something about the vessel killing someone, thanks," he said and hung up without another word.
Nobody spoke for a while as they all tried to get their heads around the idea that they could be dealing with something way out of their league. Sasuke was scared, guiltily happy that Naruto cared that much and if the story was true absolutely disgusted with himself for ever leaving Naruto or putting him through that. The story certainly fit them. Sasuke had often been referred to as the 'dark prince' and Naruto was, without a doubt, the most beautiful angel. Could it really be possible?
"So the story is about an angel who swears the world will repeat so he can have another try with his lover?" Shino asked and the few slightly ahead nodded where Kiba looked like his head had exploded. "I have to agree with Kiba, this seems a little bit too farfetched."
"What you're talking about is-is-is, it's like magic!" Kiba fumed unable to think of anything else.
Suddenly – and rather comically considering the deafening silence that had fallen – Sasuke's and Naruto's mobile phones went off. Sasuke looked down and on his ID he had 'Tsunade' and on Naruto's it was 'Hermit'. He answered Naruto's instead to make the point Naruto was not here. "Hello?"
"He's gone, isn't he?" Jiraiya's worried voice questioned.
Sasuke looked at the phone as though it had eyes. "Yes, how did you know?"
Jiraiya sighed. "Tsunade, he's gone!" he called to the female who just put her phone down. "When did he leave?"
"About twelve-ish," Kiba said loud.
"What's going on?" Sasuke demanded of the older man. "Where's Naruto gone? How did you know he'd gone anyway? What the hell is going on?!"
"He loves you," was the simple answer for a while.
"What does that have to do with anything?" Sasuke asked more confused than ever.
"What happened to make Naruto hate Orochimaru because of you?" Jiraiya asked instead.
"He found out how I know him," Sasuke said glaring at the wall. "You haven't answered any of my questions; tell me what's going on!"
Jiraiya sighed again. "History is repeating itself only this time Naruto has you."
"I still don't understand," Sasuke muttered.
"It's not something we can explain over the phone," Jiraiya told him. "When is the earliest you can get back to Konoha?"
"An hour if I leave now," Sasuke said and the guys looked to him confused.
"Alright, bring your friends, we think this involves them too," Jiraiya replied not knowing the raven nodded. "Kakashi has already gone after Naruto," he informed. "And tell your brother he should get here too, yours and the Hyuuga clans are involved in this."
"Fine, we'll pack up and tell the University something, we should be there in about two hours," Sasuke said.
"Right kid," Jiraiya said and hung up.
Sasuke quickly recapped everything to his friends and Hinata called Sakura to tell her that she – as a Hyuuga – was also going to find out what was going on, she was quite close to Naruto too. Itachi wrote a very formal letter to the school board explaining why Sasuke, Naruto, Kiba, Shino, Neji, Gaara and Shikamaru were desperately needed to return home and that there was no definite date they would be returning; however they will still keep studying. The guys packed up a few clothes, their phones and the other random stuff guys are known to pack.
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Sasuke frowned when he got out of his car and saw more than Jiraiya, Tsunade and Iruka waiting for them. There was also Sakura, Ino, Rock Lee, his, Neji's and Hinata's parents along with Itachi's friends – often referred to as the Akatsuki by others.
"What is everyone doing here?" Itachi asked cocking an eyebrow at Kisame. "I didn't know you even knew who they were."
Kisame just smirked but Tsunade smacked him around the head. "Tsunade-san is my doctor," he said.
"Ok...so why are we all here?" Sasuke questioned.
"Because we're all involved in this, yeah," Deidara said yawning and propping himself against his fiancé, Sasori.
Jiraiya nodded. "And though Naruto has gone you're all needed to make the cycle end," he explained holding Tsunade's hand. "Come inside, I'll try and tell you everything, I only explained a little of this to Naruto once to tell him why he had Kyuubi inside him..."
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There we go...a very interesting – and confusing – twist to it all! Hope you enjoyed it. You should thank Louise, a friend of mine, because she's a Naruto nutcase and has made me start thinking about it again :)